News: Eminent Chinese author Yan Ge leads writing workshop at Carriageworks Theatre

Surrealism in Fiction Workshop with Yan Ge

The Northern Short Story Festival is thrilled to be hosting top Chinese author Yan Ge in Leeds for a “Surrealism in Fiction” workshop, and Salon.

Saturday 9 February 2019, 1- 4pm at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Tickets/ £20 include entry into the “White Horse & Mountain Stories” Salon event, 5-6pm. Book here.

Subsidised* tickets/ £5. Available from Carriageworks website.

Surrealism in fiction: being magical, whimsical or uncanny.

As soon as storytelling was born, surrealism came to the world. In fact, surrealistic storytelling used to be the only narrative. As human beings, we understood the world through stories of heroes who fought the sun and housewives who fled to the moon. However, surrealistic literature doesn’t just mean folktales or fantasy. It is in fact a realistic reflection of the world. It can be magical, whimsical and entertaining; it can also be heavy, unsettling and revealing. In this workshop, we will experiment with how surrealistic touches change a story and discuss the possibilities of the surrealistic storytelling tradition in the contemporary setting.

Booking is now open for this workshop with this eminent author.

* We are offering two subsidised places to students, anybody in receipt of benefits (i.e. Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit or PIP), lone parents, and workers on a part time or zero hours contract who wouldn’t be able to afford to come otherwise.


Yan Ge is a writer and was born in Sichuan Province, China in 1984. She has recently completed a PhD in Comparative Literature at Sichuan University. She is the author of eleven books. Her work has been translated into English, French, and German, among other languages. She was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. She is an Author Ambassador for the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing at the University of Leeds. The English translation of her latest novel The Chili Bean Paste Clan was published by Balestier Press. She has recently started to write in English. She lives in Dublin with her husband and son.

This workshop is sponsored by The Walter Swan Trust and supported by Arts@Leeds and Leeds City Council. It is a partnership event between The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing at the University of Leeds and the Northern Short Story Festival.